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Mastering Food

Can Pickles Kill You? Myths About Pickles Debunked by a Food Scientist

Whether you prefer a zesty dill pickle or a sweet hamburger chip, pickles complement many classic American meals. But why are there so many kinds? Are they ever dangerous to eat? And most importantly, how many pickles are too many?  Table of Contents Is it Safe to Eat Pickles?What Kinds of Pickles are There? Are

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Mastering Food

Pork Smells Like Sulfur – Is this Natural?

You’ve just purchased a fresh pork loin or pork chop from your local butcher. What is its color? How does it smell?Now imagine you purchased the same piece of meat from the supermarket. Do you expect it to look the same and smell the same? Few people realize that pork from the supermarket is processed and

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Freezing Guide, Mastering Food

How Long Does Ice Take to Freeze? And How to Speed it Up

Curious to know how long it takes for ice to fully freeze? While timing will depend on a lot of variables, a standard freezer at standard freezers temperature usually takes 3-4 hours to freeze cubes of water.  In this article, we’ll break down exactly what variables effect freezing time and how you can use this knowledge to

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Mastering Food

Where Does Vanilla Flavoring Come From – Beaver Butts Debunked

Vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor and aroma, used in everything from confectionary to candles. Vanilla is also one of the planet’s most valuable substances, fetching prices higher than precious metals.  At those prices, it’s no wonder that chefs and home cooks alike use vanilla flavoring as a substitute. But where does vanilla flavoring come

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Mastering Food

What is Single-Origin Chocolate, and Why MUST You Try It?

These days, among the hundreds of chocolate bars on the market, the packaging is likely to have attention-grabbing labels and an array of new terminology.  “Single-origin” chocolate is experiencing a surge of popularity in the industry, and this term pops up on many chocolate bars, thanks to its association with quality and flavor.  But what

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Cheese Guide

American Cheese – A Thorough Guide

Although a number of excellent cheeses are made in America (think Humboldt Fog or Point Reyes Blue), the words “American Cheese” have become synonymous with the single-wrapped squares famous for their gooey, sticky melt.  Before you turn up your nose at American slices, know that some of the world’s most famous chefs wouldn’t dream of

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Cheese Guide

Cottage Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

Little Miss Muffet ate her curds and whey before a spider frightened her away…but what was she really eating? Curds and whey is just an old name for cottage cheese, the protein-and calcium-rich snack still popular today. Let’s take a closer look at this unusual and highly nutritious cheese. Table of Contents What is Cottage Cheese?How

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Cheese Guide

Mascarpone Cheese – Everything You Need to Know

If you have ever enjoyed the classic Italian dessert tiramisu or a high-end cheesecake, you have likely partaken in the unique delicacy that is Mascarpone cheese.  Despite fetching exorbitant prices at the grocery store, this smooth, creamy spread is not difficult to make at home.  Let us fill you in about what it is and

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